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Taylor Swift explains her personal rainbow of emotions on 'Red'

Yesterday Taylor Swift unveiled the title track of her upcoming fourth album Red on Good Morning America, and if you pinned me down, I’d say the pop track is really quite vermillion. Or perhaps tangerine.

What, you don’t attribute a color to every song you hear?

Then you and T-Swift are never ever ever going to be friends — this girl has a color chosen for everything! (To be fair, I do the same thing. I was debating this weekend whether Mumford & Sons’ new album is dark green or rich burgundy.)

According to the chorus of “Red,” here’s how Swift remembers a recent relationship:

Losing him was blue like I’d never known
Missing him was dark grey all alone
Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
But loving him was red

Those are the only colors the song — which Swift says is all about “intense emotion” — brings up, which kind of let me down. I feel like if we’re going with a color theme for a whole song, we need more splashes than just red, blue, and dark grey — I mean, is dark grey REALLY a color? How about some yellow and green? Weirdly, I’m being serious — I kept waiting for some other hue to pop up, and it never did. Now I feel totally mauve, you know?

Check out the track below: READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift's new track 'Begin Again' isn't a break-up song

It’s more a post-break-up song, if we’re being technical. They’re very different things.

Swift previewed “Begin Again” on Good Morning America on Monday, and she will play a snippet of a new song on GMA every Monday until the Oct. 22 release of her fourth album, Red. A few hours later, “Begin Again” got an early release on iTunes, where it’s already shot to No. 1, thereby becoming the first single to dethrone “Gangnam Style” in a week.

Compared to her smash pop single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and her sad, sweet lullaby for a cancer victim “Ronan,” Swift’s new song is by far the most country thing that we’ve heard off of Red so far. READ FULL STORY

One Direction release 'Live While We're Young' song and video: Check it out here

They’re back, and their shaggy hair has collectively moved in one direction: Up.

The well-coiffed lads of the most popular boy band on the planet have just released a new song and video for the lead single off their upcoming album Take Me Home: a not-so-innocent (despite what the very PG video suggests) party jam called “Live While We’re Young.”

Columbia decided to release the song and video early after the track leaked onto the web this morning.

“I know we only met but let’s pretend it’s love,” the boys sing. “Tonight let’s get some/And live while we’re young.”

The track features the same hand claps, electric guitar riffs, and synthesizer bursts that made their debut album an upbeat pop smash.

The video, meanwhile, kind of looks like Moonrise Kingdom as shot by a member of Katy Perry’s lollipop brigade. Notable moments include glowstick campfire dances, inflatable pool splashing, four wheeler racing, and an unfortunate blonde streak in Zayn’s hair.

Oh, and it also features this shot, which is destined to blow up Tumblr in about 3, 2, — oh heck, it probably already has.

That Harry Styles. Shameless!

Check out the new video below: READ FULL STORY

New Taylor Swift song 'Ronan': Hear her tribute to a young cancer victim

Taylor Swift’s celebratory breakup jam “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” has been lodged in the No. 1 spot on iTunes for the last three weeks, but over the weekend, the track was finally dethroned… by another Taylor Swift song.

The pop-country star debuted her new song “Ronan,” a sad, spare lullaby co-written with a mother who lost her 4-year-old to cancer last year, at the Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon on Friday.

Though Swift is known for her autobiographical songwriting, this one finds her playing the role of a grieving mother: “Race cars on the kitchen floor, plastic dinosaurs/I love you to the moon and back,” she sings wistfully.

Give “Ronan” a listen below: READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' runner up Jessica Sanchez announces she's signed to Interscope, performs new song 'Fairytale'

American Idol runner up Jessica Sanchez, the powerhouse diva-in-training who almost got eaten by Jennifer Holliday once upon a time, made a big announcement at the iHeartRadio American Idol tour stop in New York City last night.

“After the show, I got signed to Interscope Records,” she said.

The news isn’t all that surprising. Interscope has first dibs on all the Idol kids, and Jimmy Iovine wasn’t about to let a voice like Sanchez’s out the door.

More surprising, though, was the fact that Sanchez debuted a new song called “Fairytale” for the crowd. The track has less of a sassy, urban feel than expected considering how frequently Sanchez has expressed her desire to head in that direction musically, but it is a young, bouncy pop ditty that feels about a million times more legit than her potential Idol coronation “Change Nothing.” Still, it sounds awfully generic.

Give it a listen below (videos via MJ’s Big Blog): READ FULL STORY

The 10 most Owl City-ish lyrics on the new Owl City album

Don’t be fooled by the beachy vibes of Owl City’s hit single “Good Time” — frontman/mastermind Adam Young is way less interested in the shore than he is in amateur astronomy.

At least that’s how it seems on his brand new album, The Midsummer Station, which was released today and has already hit No. 1 on iTunes.

Owl City, who formerly topped the Hot 100 with “Fireflies,” his trenchant exploration of twinkly lightning bugs, has developed an even stronger penchant for nature-based melodrama on Station, and it seems the celestial themes have completely taken over his writing. Skies burst, rainbows glitter, stars shine, people shine — everything shines, perhaps, but the melodies.

Check out  Young’s most over-the-top lines below: READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift releases single 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together', announces new album 'Red'

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift took to the Internet on Monday night to make a much buzzed-about announcement via live web chat with her fans, and as pretty much everyone guessed, the starlet announced the release date of her fourth album, Red, which will be available for purchase on Oct. 22.

But that’s not all she did. Swift also answered questions — rather eloquently, I’d say — about her upcoming album, and gave us a first listen to her brand new single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which is already the No. 1 song on iTunes. But more on that in a minute.

Swift, clad in a red dress and red lipstick, started the chat off by explaining her album’s title: “All the different emotions that are written about on this album are all pretty much about the kind of tumultuous, crazy, insane, intense, semi-toxic relationships that I’ve experienced in the last two years. All those emotions — spanning from intense love, intense frustration, jealousy, confusion, all of that — in my mind, all those emotions are red. You know, there’s nothing in between. There’s nothing beige about any of those feelings.”

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Mumford & Sons release new single 'I Will Wait' -- hear it here

That thrashing banjo. That London brogue. That signature blend of churchy angst and romantic melodrama.

It could only mean one thing: Mumford & Sons are back.

The British foursome, whose last album Sigh No More became a double-platinum sleeper smash (over two years after its release, it’s still kicking around in the Top 40), is back with a lush new single, “I Will Wait,” and they’ve just released the audio link online.

The song, the first from their forthcoming Babel (due Sept. 24), hearkens back to their Grammy nomination-festooned single “The Cave” with its shouted refrain, triumphant horns, a driving kick drum, and an earnest lyric about a relationship so perfect is has Marcus Mumford kneeling down in reverence, raising his hands, and wishing for his mind to be “freed from the lies.” READ FULL STORY

Snap Judgement: Public Enemy just released an awesome new album today

Happy Hip-Hop Week, everybody!

As you surely know by now, Monday unexpectedly brought us Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, and yesterday dropped Azealia Banks’ Fantasea mixtape on our unsuspecting heads. And now to end the work week, none other than Public Enemy has sneaked out their new album Most of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear on No Stamp on iTunes today.

Much like Green Day’s strategy with the imminent Uno!-Dos!-Tre! trilogy, the influential rap group’s new LP is meant to be paired with the upcoming September release The Evil Empire of Everything; according to a press release, Public Enemy frontman Chuck D considers the two albums to be “twins, not identical but fraternal.”

Obviously, we can’t speak for The Evil Empire of Everything, but we can say this: Most of My Heroes… is pretty damn great. READ FULL STORY

Target won't sell Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange'

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A lot of people are hopped up on Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, but Target is not one of them.

The retail giant had been planning on stocking the physical album back when everyone thought the crooner’s debut would be released July 17. But when Team Ocean coordinated an early iTunes release of the album last Monday, Target had a change of heart.

And Ocean’s manager Christian Clancy was none too happy about it. Clancy went to his Twitter account to vent, writing: “Target has refused to carry Frank’s album because of iTunes exclusive. Interesting since they also donate to non-equal rights organizations.”

Clancy was likely referring to past donations the Minneapolis-based company made to a political organization that supported Tom Emmer, a right-wing politician who unsuccessfully campaigned to become Minnesota’s governor back in 2010. Still, it’s doubtful that Target’s reasoning had anything to do with Ocean’s partial coming-out letter: as many have pointed out, Target not only carries albums from a number of LGBTQIA artists (Adam Lambert and Elton John, to start), but they also sell Gay Pride t-shirts.

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